In the English language, there exist certain four-letter words that, when uttered, grieve the soul and defile the minds of those who by faith in Christ attempt to live with a clear conscience. They find hearing such words disturbing, distressing, vexing to the soul, or polluting—or all of those things. Such earnest souls are not afraid of these nasty words, as if they were some magical imprecation. Rather, the nasty thoughts, violent images, angry expressions, or blasphemous ideas just tend to lodge in our still fleshy minds in a dirty, degrading, debasing way. These four-letter words—and some with a few more letters—make up a vocabulary that, unfortunately, will not go away in this world, nor do regenerate souls ever delight in hearing them—profanity, obscenity, and blasphemy just sort of stain the brain.
However, one of the great ironies of this life is that there are certain four-letter words in the Christian vocabulary that many professing Christians hate to hear in the same way. While they are forced to admit that these four-letter words exist on the pages of the infallible Word of God, they so despise this vocabulary and its implications for them that they often react with vehement emotions when they hear them; in fact, some have a visceral (that is, a gut or knee-jerk) reaction when hearing them in a sermon—especially when pressed upon their consciences. Perhaps the word that agitates the strongest expression of angry resistance is the four-letter word obey. Some hate that one word far more than the four-letter filth that fills the worldly entertainment they drink in like water. Do you, my reader, love the word obey on the lips of Jesus Christ?
In our day, modern American religion has such a flimsy, worldly, and perverted view of grace, one is not surprised that many professing believers think they are hearing the unbearable clanking of legalistic chains when some preacher is witless enough—or maybe even has the Christlike love for their souls enough—to tell them that the Word of God commands them obey the Lord Jesus Christ. The truth of the matter is that Jesus Himself says that obeying Him is our expression of love for Him; in fact, He goes on to say that we positively do not love Him if we do not obey Him. This is sobering, but biblical truth.
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God’s Word and Obedience – Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
Professing Christians agree that all who bear the name of Christ must honor and glorify Him in this world – but how? This introduction answers with clarity.
God’s Gospel and Obedience – David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
The author presents what may be for many, a truly startling thought: the gospel is to be obeyed. The Christian life begins with obedience.
God’s Grace and Obedience – Hugh Martin (1822-1885)
How does God’s salvation by grace work with the believer’s responsibility to obey Him and to do good works? This exposition presents a detailed, helpful discussion.
God’s Law and Obedience – Stephen Tyng (1800-1885)
Sinners are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone: does God’s Law, then, have any place in the lives of blood-bought, grace-redeemed believers?
God’s Faith and Obedience – Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Abraham’s great faith was the root of his remarkable obedience: he is a pattern for disciples.
God’s Love and Obedience – Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
Jesus taught that love for Him and obedience are inseparable: what should this look like in the daily lives of professing Christians?
God’s Friends Obey Him – Stephen Charnock (1628-1680)
How does the Lord Jesus Christ view those who submit to His authority? If salvation is all of grace, does obedience really matter to Him? How should we pursue it?
Christ’s Obedience Saves Us – Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
Are sinners saved by works? The Bible says, “Yes,” emphatically – but not their own works: the incarnate Son of God accomplished full, free pardon of sin and eternal life by His obedience to His heavenly Father.
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